Projects North America

Introduction to Assessment Course

USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) | Mar 2006

InterWorks facilitated a five-day Introduction to Assessment workshop at the USAID North Quincy Street facility in Arlington, VA, USA from March 27 – 31, 2006. This workshop was the 7th such workshop facilitated by InterWorks since December 2002.

The course was designed to improve participants’ skills in assessing information about disasters and emergencies as well as in evaluating proposals submitted to USAID/OFDA for funding. The workshop included a synthesis exercise as its capstone event to illustrate the importance of an inter-disciplinary, coordinated approach after a disaster. The exercise allowed participants to be actively engaged in the exercise to illustrate the complexities of disasters and of assessments. Teams applied technical sector standards and indicators from their FOGs and Sphere Handbooks.

I wish I had taken this course earlier in my OFDA career. Overall, I thought it was excellent and well utilized the experts at OFDA.

– Workshop participant